Zhejiang CoViD-19: Epidemic's End May Come By End-April

Source: HangzhouTube, ChinaDaily.

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On February 27, Zhong Nanshan, an academician at the Chinese Academy of Engineering, said he believes the novel coronavirus pneumonia epidemic will basically be brought under control on the Chinese mainland by the end of April.

"That indicates people will be able to return to their normal work and companies resume normal operations and production by the end of April." Zhong said at a news conference in Guangzhou, Guangdong. 

According to authorities, many provinces, regions and municipalities have been reporting no new confirmed cases for several days in a row. 

Zhong said he was happy to learn from media that Huoshenshan and Leishenshan hospitals in Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak, now already have some empty beds. 

"In addition to offering effective treatment for patients in serious condition, great efforts should be made to diagnose suspected cases and distinguish between COVID-19 and common flu patients to prevent more infections between people on the mainland in the following months, Zhong said. But the fast-growing number of confirmed cases outside China is an unpredictable variable, he added. 

Zhong said he does not think China will see a large increase in confirmed cases in the coming months after effective and concrete measures were introduced to prevent and control the outbreak, even when many migrant workers from around the mainland are still traveling across provinces to return to work. 

Zhong added that though the first case of novel coronavirus pneumonia was reported in China, its source may not come from the country. 

He urged expansion of international cooperation in the fight against infectious disease in the weeks to come. 

Zhong said he has been invited by European countries to give a video address to his European counterparts over the weekend to explain China's current situation and solid experience in fighting the epidemic. 

Other countries may be inspired by China's experiences, he said. In addition to early discovery, detection and isolation, large cities should build designated hospitals to focus on treating novel coronavirus pneumonia patients because comprehensive hospitals would have to spend a lot of manpower and material resources when they receive such patients, Zhong said. 

Seeking expanded international cooperation is a big part of the fight against the epidemic, he said.

Expert: Global Viral Outbreak to Come Under Control Within Six Months

On February 26th, the global spread of the novel coronavirus could come under control within six months as most infection cases in foreign countries are imported and China has gained experience in coping with the outbreak, a leading Shanghai expert told China Daily in an exclusive interview.

Zhang Wenhong, the leader of the Shanghai team of experts in the treatment of COVID-19 patients, added that other factors include researchers having a better understanding of the disease.The key to controlling the spread of the virus, said Zhang, lies in prevention measures as well as the scaling back and cancellation of public gatherings in major cities.

"Any city with imported cases of the virus faces high risk as the transmission capability of the virus is fairly strong much stronger than the SARS virus as seen from what has happened in Wuhan, where the number of confirmed cases soared to around 48,000 after the first patients were identified in December." said Zhang, who is also the director of the department of infectious diseases at Shanghai Huashan Hospital Affiliated with Fudan University.

To date, the novel coronavirus has infected people in more than 40 countries and regions. Earlier this week, at least 11 towns in northern Italy were locked down, with residents told to isolate themselves at home, after the number of confirmed cases surged within a few days.

Zhang suggested that all foreign countries and regions with imported cases must take precautionary measures "to run ahead of the spread of the virus" and prevent a large-scale spread among the local community.

"Early prevention and containment of the spread of the disease has contributed to a desirable prognosis for the patients. The ratio of patients who have recovered and been discharged from hospitals in Shanghai has exceeded 80 percent and the mortality rate is less than 1 percent." he said.

Ningbo Launches Online Job Fair Targeting Skilled Professionals

On Feb 24, Ningbo in East China's Zhejiang province kicked off a cloud recruitment week targeting skilled professionals. Cloud recruitment refers to the practice of conducting job interviews online with some jobseekers even starting to work online immediately after.

According to preliminary statistics, the online job fair has offered 2,000 jobs with annual salaries ranging from 150,000 yuan ($22,388) to more than 1,000,000 yuan.

Many local industrial technology research institutes and universities are searching for high profile talents through the event.

The Ningbo Institute of Materials of the Chinese Academy of Sciences is looking for 300 experts with post-doctorate degree or high vocational titles. The University of Ningbo is also hunting for 200 doctor graduates from across the world.

The job fair has also set up three categories of online video streaming for the first time, which will help jobseekers get to know employers and local preferential policies as well as provide them with consultation services for career development.

Jobseekers from outside the city who take jobs via the online job fair will receive a maximum of 800 yuan in transportation subsidies. For those from overseas, the figure will be capped at 6,000 yuan.

The government will also provide up to one million yuan to employees who decide to take up residence in Ningbo.

The online job fair will be held twice a week in March and once a month afterwards.

Ningbo reported 340,000 new permanent residents in 2019, more than the total of the previous two years, making it a popular choice for professionals seeking work, said an official from the Ningbo municipal office of talents.

A communiqu released by the Zhejiang Provincial Bureau of Statistics showed that the city has a permanent resident population of 8.542 million, the third largest in Zhejiang, as of the end of last year.

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A Letter To Foreign Nationals

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In response to the outbreak of the COVID-19 epidemic, under the leadership of the Central Government of China and Zhejiang Provincial People's Government, Jinhua Municipal Peoples Government has put the life and health of its people first and taken prompt action in a science-based and coordinated way. We have implemented the most comprehensive, rigorous and thorough measures of prevention and control, which have produced notable results. We have managed to maintain economic and social stability throughout the city, and currently businesses are reopening and people gradually returning to their normal life. However, we still face severe pressure from the epidemic as it cuts through borders and spread further afield. Whether you are living, working or travelling in Jinhua, we believe it is important to remind you of the following.

Cooperate in health checks for epidemic prevention and control. On occasions (or in places) required by the government, please support and cooperate with field staff in carrying out health checks. Before arriving at your destination, please apply for Zhejiang Health Code on Alipay. If you do not have an Alipay account, you can also apply for the code in the Health Information Management System for Overseas People Coming to Jinhua. After arriving at your destination, please abide by the prevention and control measures implemented by local governments. If you come from countries or regions with large numbers of infected cases, please try your best to self-quarantine at home for 14 days before engaging in other activities so as to stem possibilities of transmission.

Step up self-protection. Wear face masks and wash hands as often as needed. Open the window for fresh air from time to time and keep a clean living and working environment. Avoid going to crowded places, or holding or participating in events with large gatherings. Have safe and healthy food. Stay positive and work out moderately to improve your immune system.

Seek medical help in a timely manner. If symptoms such as fever, fatigue and dry cough occur, there is no need to panic. Wear a mask, report promptly to your host or community (hotel), local health or immigration agencies, and go to designated hospitals for treatment as advised.

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Epidemic prevention and control needs the participation and support of everyone, foreign nationals included. Jinhua Municipal People's Government attaches great importance to and cares much about the health and safety of foreign nationals in Jinhua. We have full determination, confidence and capability to win this battle, and contribute to the international. 

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